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Congressional Art Competition

It is my pleasure to have my district participating in the 2018 Congressional Art Competition-An Artistic Discovery. The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.

The competition is open to high school students, grades 9-12, residing in or attending a school in Idaho’s First Congressional District. Deadline for submission at any of my District offices is April 20, 2018.

A group of judges will determine the top three choices and the Congressman will choose the final winner. All art work will be displayed on my Facebook Account where users will determine who will win the District’s Choice award.

The winner will receive free airfare from Southwest Airlines to fly with a guest to Washington, D.C. and attend an awards ceremony in June. Their artwork will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol.

The District’s Choice winner, second and third place winners will have their work displayed for a year in one of my three Congressional offices located in Meridian, Lewiston and Coeur d’Alene.


For student and teacher rules click here.

Each work must be accompanied by this signed release form.

All works, including frame, should be no larger than 26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and 4 inches deep, to the outside of the frame, and 15 pounds in weight.

All entries must be an original in concept, design and execution. The artwork submission may be:

• Paintings - including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
• Drawings - including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers
• Collage
• Prints - including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
• Mixed Media
• Computer Generated Art
• Photography

For any questions, please contact the competition coordinator, Michele Jarvis, for more information at 208-888-3188 or Students and educators can also visit for more details.